“I WANT TO DIE!”

Ross f lees the hos­pi­tal...

Inside Soap - - FRONT PAGE - Laura-jayne Tyler

The phys­i­cal and men­tal scars left by Ross’ acid at­tack take their toll this week, prompt­ing the dev­as­tated fella to wish that he were dead.

Feel­ings of anger, hurt and frus­tra­tion con­tinue to plague Ross in hos­pi­tal as he strug­gles to cope with his in­juries, leav­ing Pete deeply con­cerned for his brother’s state of mind…

“Ross is a bro­ken man,” reports our Em­merdale in­sider. “He gen­uinely would rather be six feet un­der than en­dure the pain and psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture of what has hap­pened to him.”

Pete re­alises that Ross is in a bad way af­ter he wishes that their late mother, Emma, had shot him in­stead of their other brother Finn. There is very lit­tle Pete can do or say to help Ross, other than tell his sib­ling that he loves him and of­fer his sup­port.

How­ever, Ross is clearly be­yond help when he dis­charges him­self from hos­pi­tal and dis­ap­pears – be­fore turn­ing up at the garage and giv­ing Dan the shock of his life. Af­ter stum­bling across a hooded man and be­liev­ing him to be an in­truder, Dan bravely pins the bloke up against the wall. But when he pulls the hood away from the guy’s face, he’s stunned to see scarred Ross star­ing back at him.

“Ross sud­denly be­comes very aware that he is out in pub­lic, and strug­gles to con­tain his anx­i­ety as he frets that peo­ple are star­ing at him,” ex­plains our mole. “All his con­fi­dence has been com­pletely stripped away, and he feels a shadow of the man he once was.”

With Pete find­ing it dif­fi­cult to get through to his brother, the ten­sion be­tween them threat­ens to ex­plode as Ross en­ters a pit of self-de­spair that seems to have no bot­tom.

Mean­while, Deb­bie is hor­ri­fied when Ross de­clares that he wants to find the per­son who at­tacked him. She is of course re­spon­si­ble for the whole thing, hav­ing paid drug dealer Si­mon to tar­get her neme­sis, Joe – who only avoided the as­sault be­cause her lackey mis­took Ross for him.

So while Ross plots his re­venge, what sit­u­a­tion does that leave Deb­bie in? And can any­one save Ross from the self-loathing that threat­ens to con­sume him?

Ross would rather be dead than en­dure the pain and tor­ture”

Pete is wor­ried sick about his in­jured brother

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